Wales and Lions winger George North has been disciplined by Northampton Saints after missing a training session before their game against Sale Sharks on March 3.
Alan Gaffney, the club’s coaching consultant suggested following the Saints 25-34 defeat to Steve Diamond’s men, that the 73 times-capped star who joined the Saints in 2013, didn’t want to play.
North has accepted the disciplinary action taken against him and will be available for the club’s remaining five fixtures, as the Franklin Gardens outfit seek to improve on another disappointing season which sees them currently lie in fifth place.
In a statement, Chief Executive Mark Darbon said:
“George, Alan Gaffney, Alan Dickens and myself had a set of constructive meetings on his return to the club on Monday.
“George accepts the disciplinary action we have taken”.
Before expressing North’s affection for the East Midlands club,
“George has enormous affection for the club and its supporters, and is fully committed to helping the club finish the Aviva Premiership season as strongly as possible.
“We now consider this matter resolved and won’t be commenting further”.
North who scored two tries during Wales’ Six Nations campaign was available for selection for the Saints during that week due to it being a fallow week during the Six Nations.
Due to an agreement between the WRU and Wales’ four regions over which national players can be released during these rest weeks, Gatland’s frontline players are able to rest during these periods.
But as there is no agreement in place with English Premiership Clubs, Wales’ English-based players are available for selection by their clubs.
North who won a Premiership title in his first season with the club, will be returning to Wales at the end of the season after signing a National Dual Contract in November but is yet to decide which region he will join.